first_imgWell, it’s grand final day at the Youth World Cup and reports are in that people are traveling from all over Queensland for the final day of competition. It’s set to be an all Australia-New Zealand grand final showdown with the final semi finals being played this morning. The Aussie 18’s Mixed side recovered from their forfeit disappointment yesterday to finish third and avoid the death semi final against the New Zealand side. Led by Ashley Shepherd with three touchdowns, they beat the Cook Islands 11-1 for a place in the grand final. On that topic, the start of the Mixed 18’s semi between Thailand and New Zealand was absolutely fantastic. The Aussie players and supporters lined up and gave the Thailand side a tunnel, cheering them as they ran onto the field, as the Thai players have no family, supporters or other sides here to receive the encouragement. It was also great to see the respect the Thai players pay their opponents and management, after they begin the match by lining up and bowing to their opponents and then turning and bowing to their team management. Great stuff to see at the Youth World Cup! New Zealand eventually won 24-1 in a one-sided semi final that sees them through to meet Australia at 12:00pm. It was also great to see the South African Mens 20’s who gathered in a circle, knelt and prayed before their bronze medal play off against Lebanon. It was a great game and finish for both sides, with Lebanon running out winners of the bronze medal after a 5-2 win. The Australian Mens 18’s qualified for their grand final with a win over the South African 18’s 11-1. The win should give them confidence in their grand final with New Zealand this afternoon. The Australian Mixed 20’s survived an early scare down 2-1 against the Cook Islands, recovering to win 17-2 and qualify for today’s grand final. Finally, what more amazing way to finish the tournament, than with the Mens 20’s grand final is the circumstances we saw. Make sure you read below! Womens 18’s Grand Final at 11:00am: The New Zealanders came out firing for the Womens under 18’s grand final, with New Zealand’s number 12 Queenie Tupaea crossing the line for a touchdown in the first set of six of the match. Although the Aussies fought hard in defense the New Zealand’s number 2 scored wide not long after taking the score to 2-0. Nikki Etheridge replied to the Kiwi’s try, restoring hope to the Aussies and taking the score to 2-1. In the second half it became a case of keeping it in the family for the Kiwi’s. Sisters, Shay and Cassidy Easton both crossed for touchdowns, taking the score to 4-1. Australia’s Amanda Skwarko scored a good try with a few minutes to go, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Aussies in the match. After a try to Coral Easton in the final minute, the Kiwi’s secured themselves as the deserving World Champions in the Womens 18’s division. Mixed 18’s Grand Final 12:00pm: It was certainly an up and down week for the Australian Mixed 18’s…after forfeiting their first three games after administrative errors, they were faced with a very tough Kiwi side, who had beaten them convincingly in the round matches. The Australian side were not about to step back however, as they scored early through Belinda Hammett. They were relentless in defense, up in the faces of the strong Kiwi side and forcing them to make errors and gain little ground. The first half belonged to New Zealand captain Henry Dunn, who scored three times for his side, each time answering the scores of Belinda Hammett, Ricky Morris and Ashley Shepherd. Down 4-3 at half time the Aussies equaled through Justin Heuser and then took the lead after a diving touchdown by Cameron Nicholls. The run of Ricky Morris and brilliant last line defense by Morris, Claire Giarola and the entire Aussie team, showed how desperate they were to hold the Kiwis out. When Dean Springfield scored again with 2 minutes to go, the score was 6-4 and Justin Heuser’s second touchdown was the icing on the cake for a 7-4 win and Youth World Cup Under 18’s Mixed title. Mens 18’s Grand Final at 1:00pm: A disappointed Australian Mens under 18’s team were defeated by the New Zealand team 8-5 after a tough match. After being beaten by the Kiwi’s convincingly in the round games, the Aussies were keen to score the first touchdown. They did this through Dylan Hennessey in the opening minutes. The Kiwi’s responded instantly, with number two Garry Reilly scoring in the next set of six. New Zealand number 11, Joseph Tarau then crossed in the corner to make the score 2-1. The Aussies couldn’t contain the speed and agility of Garry Reilly and he crossed for his second touchdown as did Joseph Tarau to make the score 4-1. Dean Taylor scored for the Aussies narrowing the gap to two touchdowns. After two more tries to the Kiwi’s before half time they led 6-2 going into the break. The Australians played a better second half, with co-captain Ji Bonner crossing the line after half time to make the score 6-3. Although the Aussies put up a good fight the Kiwi’s proved too strong and took the title of under 18’s Mens Youth World Champions, winning 8-5. Mixed 20’s Grand Final 2:00pm: The Mixed 20’s final started one way and finished the same way…New Zealand. On the back of three touchdowns from Jamilla Gupmell in the first half, the Kiwi’s took a 7-1 lead into the break. Their attack was simply too smart for the Australian side who looked flat and constantly behind the play, unable to read the attack of the Kiwis. Australia did lift their game in the second half, scoring three times through Jai Curry, David Denning and Jarah Jennings but were unable to hold off the Kiwis. A 9-4 final scoreline giving New Zealand the Mixed Under 20’s Youth World Cup title and a 3-1 lead in the rubbers for the overall Youth World Cup title. Australia will now need both the Mens and Womens 20’s to win their titles to equal New Zealand with 3 titles a piece and bring about the points system for overall Champions. Girls 20’s Grand Final 3:00pm: The Australian Womens under 20’s kept Australia’s dream of a World Cup title alive when they defeated New Zealand 4-2. In what was a tight game, the first try was scored about 10 minutes into the match by New Zealand’s, giving them to a good start. The Aussies retaliated when Kate Basely crossed the line, and continued to be uplifted by efforts such as Jess Howe’s length of the field try making the score 2-1. ACT’s Mel Ingram crossed to make the score 3-1 putting Australia in a good position heading into half time. The Kiwi’s had something to say about that though, scoring right on the half time buzzer bringing the margin back to one. With seven minutes to go Kelly McGennity secured the victory for Australia, making the score 4-2. Both teams put in a great effort, with the Aussies coming out deserving winners of the Under 20’s Womens title. Mens 20’s Grand Final at 4:00pm: In what was easily the most exciting and controversial match of the tournament, the Aussies were absolutely brilliant in their grand final against New Zealand. With 5 minutes to go in the first half and the score locked at 1-1, Australian Mat Bird was sent from the field for the remainder of the match, leaving Australia playing with five players for the remainder of the game. No doubt every person at Quad Park thought that Australia was done for. It certainly wasn’t widely believed that the Aussies could hold off the Kiwi attack with only 5 players on the field at any one time. But everyone was wrong. Time and time again the Australian defense made diving touches, saving certain touchdowns, playing above themselves, barely allowing the Kiwi attack to move forward. On top of that the Aussies managed to score twice themselves, making the Kiwi’s look lost in both attack and defense. The leadership and heart of Troy Malcolm was no doubt an inspiration for his team, as players like Andrew Knox, Chris Rawlinson and Sebe Rey stepped up, although the entire team is worthy of being mentioned here. In one of the most unbelievable matches of Touch seen for quite some time, the Aussies held the Kiwis to 3 touchdowns, whilst scoring 3 of its own, leaving the score at 3 all at the end of normal time. The extra time drop off had the Aussies down to four players against the Kiwi’s five and they could not hold out any longer. Going down 4-3 they may not take the official title of Youth World Cup Under 20 Champions home, but they will certainly take the title of most deserving winners home. They played with nothing but passion, ultimate commitment and pride for themselves, their team mates and their country. We are all incredibly proud of them and they are true champions. By Rachel Moyle and Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd ace Mata reveals unknown side to ‘frightening’ Van Gaal

first_imgMan Utd ace Mata reveals unknown side to ‘frightening’ Van Gaalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata admits he was initially taken aback by Louis van Gaal’s unusual methods.The Spaniard spent two seasons under the Dutchman at United.Writing in his new book, Suddenly A Footballer, Mata said: “Hi, I’m Louis van Gaal, please can you introduce yourself and tell me things about you?”The manager, Ryan Giggs, myself and a bottle of Rioja wine – which he suggested we should try – were in that room.”It was pre-season, Los Angeles, and I was about to ‘introduce myself ‘ to my new coach.”Those who know Van Gaal know how intimidating he can be, face-to-face. Things about myself? I thought. What does he mean? I didn’t know where to start. I took the safe route.”‘My name is Juan, I’m 26 and I’ve been playing football since I’ve had a memory . . . ‘”‘I know that,’ he interrupted. ‘Tell me about your personal life. Do you have a wife? Children? What do you like apart from football?'”He started firing off direct questions about my life and career before moving on to footballing matters: ‘Where do you think you can play? What’s your position? Where do you see yourself in this system?'”Louis wanted to see what we were made of and how we reacted through his interrogation. He simply wanted to get to know his players better on and off the pitch.”The frightening aura around him soon dissipated to reveal a kind-hearted man. We started to notice how emotional he would get during his briefings.”When we had played very well or covered more ground and had more chances than the opposition, you could see the spark in his eyes, portraying how moved he was by his players’ effort.”He would also tell us about how he had received a letter from a mother thanking him because three players had stopped to sign autographs for her children after waiting for us for hours outside the training ground. He was genuinely moved by those small details.”On the pitch, he had a very special style of training that was structured in a rather routine manner. You were clear about what you were going to do before each session, which drills you would be doing and how you would prepare for games.”He really liked getting us to play on the deck and only opting for long balls as a last resort. His preference was for us to bring the ball out and play a passing game.”Off the pitch, he was also very structured in matters like all of us having lunch together at the training ground. We divided ourselves into tables and had to wait for one table to finish picking their food before we could pick ours.”When we travelled, whoever was one minute late was handed a not insignificant fine.”At the end of his time at the club, on his ‘farewell’, he let his emotional side take over and opened himself very honestly to us: ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be here next season, but I want to tell you anyway how proud I am of every single one of you. We fought together in adversity and we ended up lifting this special trophy. That is something that nobody will be able to change. Thank you to all of you’.”We had just won the FA Cup minutes earlier and he was saying ‘goodbye and good luck’. He handed out pieces of paper to each of us with our return date on it, as he had organised the pre-season for next July.”We all knew this was a routine process, going through the motions, because there were already so many rumours of him being sacked.”Only minutes after lifting the FA Cup trophy, they would end up being true.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

APTN News Sunday Healing by the Sacred Fire

first_img(A late afternoon sun shines down on the common grounds in Maliotenam. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Tom Fennario APTN News SundayIn the centre of the teepee, a Sacred Fire burns.Some cedar is thrown on and the flames that leap out light the face of a middle-aged woman who is crying.She speaks Innu to the 20 people packed in around her.At one point, the French word for suicide is spoken.“There’s not really a word for suicide in Innu,” says Pepameshke Maikan, an Innu elder who is a part of the medicine society.“We can say ‘take one’s life’ but for many years suicide has been a taboo topic. In the old days there used to not be any suicide.”(Sacred Fire Keeper Pepameshke Maikan. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Maikan is one of the people in charge of the sacred fire that is burning just outside the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Maliotenam First Nation.He is here to perform healing ceremonies for anyone who so requires it.On this morning, he uses a feather fan to push the smoke of the sacred fire towards the crying woman, who wails in pain.“It’s a way to purify and to put some of that medicine inside of her,” Maikan explains“The smoke comes from a sacred fire, and medicine has been burned inside of the fire.”Maikan gently taps the crying woman with his feather fan until her sobbing subsides.“Kuei,” he says to her, the Innu word for hello, and suddenly she laughs.The tension in the teepee dissipates for the moment.But judging from just a fraction of the 60 truths heard at the MMIWG hearings this week, there’s a lot more healing that needs to be done.* * *“I can tell you about women who have been raped, but it’s taboo. Women who have been raped and experienced incest,” testified Jeanette Pilot, an Innu woman from Uashat.“At 25 years old I found my boyfriend hanging, he sent me off on an errand and when I came back he was hanging,” testified Jenny Régis, also from Uashat.“We’ve had several suicides in the community, and most those happen when people experience sexual assault,” testified Lise Jourdain of Maliotenam.“Everybody is aware here of what goes on in our community, everybody knows that there has been a complaint against our chief for sexual misconduct, nobody should hide that.”The chief in question is Mike McKenzie, who has refused to step down from his duties while he awaits the verdict in his trial for three counts of sexually assaulting a minor.He declined to speak to APTN News for this story.“I would like to convey a message to my community, to all the men of my community,” Jourdain said near the conclusion of her testimony“Do something. By the grace of God, do something. When women meet up, and we try to work on the healing, men don’t come. Men don’t show up.”* * *The next day at the sacred fire, Lucien St-Onge of Maliotenam nods when he has Jourdain’s call for action repeated to him.“There’s a women’s shelter here, but eventually they go back to the men that abuse them and the circle begins again. It’s pointless if they’re just going to go back to the same bad situation.“We need a centre for men too, and not just for them to go be by themselves and be miserable, but a centre where men can go with their families to get well, get better together,” says St-Onge.Gaëtan Régis is also sitting by the sacred fire.He says the solution isn’t to be found so much in the community as back out on the land.“A couple of years ago we brought some [high school] dropouts out on to the land to live traditionally during salmon season. You could see how it helped them, how they absorbed it, how the land heals.”Nitassinan is what the Innu call their vast territory which stretches across the north shore region of Quebec, hugging the coastline along the Gulf of the St.Lawrence before shooting up north into parts of Labrador.Ten communities dot the rolling landscape, the biggest of which (with a combined population of nearly 3,000) are the sister communities of Uashat and Maliotenam, which sit about 15 km apart and are governed by the same band council.Uashat lies just adjacent to the city of Sept-Îles, while Maliotenam sits up on a hill not far from the river. Spoken of by elders around the sacred fire neither community seems to evoke much fondness.Maliotenam has the distinction of being a traditional summer settlement…but also hosted a residential school from 1952-1967.* * *The Innu word for thank you loosely translates as “I give you a goose”, which says a lot about their culture.They hunt caribou, trap small game, and many, due to their proximity to the vast St.Lawrence, are deft fisherman.Pepameshke Maikan, whose name translates as “travelling wolf”, says it was explained to him at a young age that the Innu weren’t meant to be settled into sedentary homes.“I remember when I was about ten years old my father brought me to a mountain where we could see our community,” Maikan explains while smoking tobacco in his pipe.“And he said, pointing at the cemetery ‘look, my bones will go there,’ and he turned to the west and he said ‘the bones of your grandparents are in the forest. Will you leave the bones of your grandparents?’ I said ‘never’.“It was then I became a land protector.”Maikain is in his 70’s now and has spent decades travelling the Innu communities speaking and performing healing ceremonies.“I used to ask myself if the job [of healing] is too immense, I asked my mother once, ‘what am I doing wrong?” and she said ‘nothing, all these things have happened, it’s going to take time, it’s going to take a lot of time, it’s not going to happen the day after tomorrow, with the wounds we have, with intergenerational trauma.”Maikan pauses, to smoke his pipe and reflect.“I’m proud of what’s happening here now in Uashat and Maliotenam, I see here there are people that follow their ceremonies, they have the knowledge to do so.“We have young people who are sun dancers, who are a part of the medicine society, who do the rain dance. Young people who work for healing,” he explains.“It’s like mushrooms, what we’re doing here is like throwing spores in the air.”* * *On the next day of hearings, the teepee is again packed.An Innu song is sung, another woman can be heard crying from the outside.At the end of the song, the drum is hit five times for each direction, 20 in total, as is the Innu tradition.By the time the last beat is played, the sobbing has faded.last_img read more

Freedom Mobile announces iPhone X dates provides update on network rollout

first_imgTORONTO – Freedom Mobile will begin taking orders for the Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8 models starting Friday, with the smartphones in its stores on Dec. 8.While that’s more than a month after Canada’s three national wireless carriers began selling the iPhone X, it will be the first time Freedom Mobile has a full roster of Apple smartphones to offer its customers.The wireless arm of Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) had previously been shut out of the Apple market because of limitations of its network technology.The company said Wednesday that it expects network enhancements to be completed by early December in Western Canada and early 2018 in the rest of Freedom Mobile’s area — primarily Ontario.Analyst Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities writes that having the iPhone ahead of the holiday period is an “incremental positive” for Shaw and Freedom Mobile and sets the stage for a more competitive market.Freedom’s iPhone X promotional pricing is “more aggressive than what we would have anticipated at this time” but availability and conditions attached to pre-launch pricing, such as high service fees, could “dampen” demand, McReynolds wrote.Formerly called Wind Mobile, Freedom is offering promotional pricing for orders placed by Nov. 30, subject to change or cancellation without notice and with certain conditions.For example, the three newest iPhone models could cost $0 if bundled with activation of a new service and a 24-month service agreement, where available. The cost of the qualifying service agreement varies by phone model.McReynolds said that profit margins for all the carriers could be affected by the cost of acquiring new customers and retaining existing customers but he believes the overall impact for incumbents “should remain manageable”.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Freedom’s announcement was before the three national carriers, rather than after them.last_img read more

Netflix Canada plans biggest price increase yet as competition intensifies

first_imgDavid Friend, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Another price hike is on the way for Netflix Canada subscribers as competition heats up among the biggest streaming video services.The company behind “Narcos” and “Orange Is the New Black” is introducing its biggest price increase yet for both new subscribers and current members.Netflix’s standard plan will now cost $3 more — or $13.99 a month — to watch content on two screens at a time.The basic plan — which does not offer high-definition video and only allows one stream — rises a dollar to $9.99 a month.Premium plan subscribers pay $3 more — or $16.99 a month — for up to four simultaneous streams and ultra high definition 4K video.Netflix says the higher prices are effective immediately for new subscribers, while existing users will be notified by email before their bills rise in the coming weeks.The company most recently increased prices for most plans by a dollar about a year and a half ago.Netflix says the move will help fund upcoming TV series and films as well as overall improvements to the Netflix platform.But the company also faces intense competition next year as the number of streaming platforms in the Canadian marketplace with attractive offerings grows.Earlier this month, Bell Media introduced a higher tier of its Crave streaming service that includes a selection of recent Hollywood movies and new HBO programs. The package, dubbed Crave+, costs about $20 per month.Next year, Disney jumps into the market with its own streaming platform. Disney+ is expected to be stocked with movies and original series like a prequel to “Star Wars: Rogue One” and a Marvel superhero show based on the character Loki from “Thor” and “The Avengers.”Other platforms could make headway too, including a new service operated by Criterion that specializes in classic films, and CBS All Access, which is beefing up its library of original shows that include “Tell Me A Story” and “Strange Angel.” Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

China will never seek hegemony Xi says in reform speech

first_imgBEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised that the country will “never seek hegemony” even as it approaches the centre of the world stage.Xi gave a speech Tuesday to mark the country’s 40 years of reform and opening up.The address credited former leader Deng Xiaoping’s market reforms with saving the country from the brink of economic collapse following the tumultuous Cultural Revolution.Xi also expressed support for a multilateral trading system, but he did not directly address ongoing trade friction with the United States.China has been battling global scrutiny around its outsize economic influence. Xi assured in his speech that the country will not develop “at the expense of other countries’ interests.”The Associated Presslast_img

Tim Hinton hops aboard Urban Meyers staff at Ohio State

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer didn’t have to wait long for an answer after asking Tim Hinton to serve as tight ends and fullbacks coach for the Buckeyes. “It was about 10 o’clock on a Friday (when Meyer) asked me to be part of the staff, and I can tell you by 10:01 I’d said yes,” Hinton said on Jan. 12 at an introductory press conference for the assistant coaching staff. Hinton, entering his 31st year of coaching and 17th at the collegiate level, joins the staff after coaching running backs at Notre Dame for the past two seasons. He and Meyer met and coached the Buckeyes together as graduate assistants in 1986, and Hinton received his master’s degree from OSU in 1987. Meyer said Hinton’s coaching resume within Ohio, which includes five state playoff berths in 11 years as coach of Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, as one of the primary reasons for his hiring. “(Hinton) and I worked together on the Ohio State staff in 1986, but what I am most impressed with is his time spent as a high school coach in Ohio,” Meyer said. “He had some outstanding teams at Harding and his extensive experiences coaching in the state were crucial in my desire to want him on our staff.” Hinton, who admits to being “a high school coach who coaches college football,” said the many relationships he has developed with Ohio high school coaches over the years can be helpful to OSU’s recruiting. “I’m one of those guys, so I’m kind of the alumni,” he said. “There are some great high school coaches in the state of Ohio and we’ve got to foster those relationships and continue to have great relationships with those coaches. “My wife (Bev), when she goes with me (to coaching clinics) says ‘Is there anyone that you don’t know?’ So I think that’s where it helps. There’s a personal connection and a personal relationship … I think having those great relationships with those coaches and knowing them on a personal basis, not just a professional basis, helps.” This will be the first time Hinton has coached tight ends since he served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Wilmington College from 1982-84. During the years of former OSU coach Jim Tressel, the tight end position was sometimes lost in the shuffle in the run-oriented “Tressel ball” offense. As Meyer brings his version of the spread offense to Ohio Stadium, it might seem that tight ends will continue to be overlooked, this time in lieu of multiple wide receivers and shifty running backs. Hinton said he isn’t buying that notion, and that the tight end position can have success in Meyer’s offense. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is perhaps the best example of how a tight end can succeed in Meyer’s spread offense. Hernandez tallied 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns under Meyer at Florida from 2007-09. Hinton said regardless of position, talented players will see the field and that the spread offense’s versatility offers a role for everyone. “The good players are always going to find an opportunity to get on the field,” Hinton said. “I’ve been in the spread offense for the last five years and you can utilize people in many different ways … there’s just a thousand ways to utilize your personnel and I think that’s one of the great things that the spread can bring you.” Read The Lantern on Tuesday for the next profile in the “Meyer’s New Men” coaching staff profile series. read more

Arsenal join De Ligt race

first_imgReports in England have emerged that Arsenal have now joined Barcelona in the race for the teenage star Matthijs de Ligt for a move this summerThe Daily Mirror has reported that Arsenal had sent one of their top scouts for Holland’s friendly against England to watch the Ajax defender in action over the international break. De Ligt has now firmly established himself at the Johan Cruijff Arena this season and is now a regular for the Dutch national side under new manager Ronald Koeman at the age of 18 years old. Among Arsenal, it is believed that Barcelona have also held a strong interest in signing De Ligt with the Dutchman having been spotted recently in Catalunya with fellow rumoured target Justin Kluivert. Due to the ever increasing value being placed on De Ligt, Arsenal fear that he may soon be out of their reach and have listed Greece international Panagiotis Retsos as a suitable alternative for a young defender. The 19 year-old currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga after having completed a £15m deal from Greek giants Olympiacos.last_img read more

Santiago Solari feels side players are weak

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has called his players weak following their 1-0 loss to Leganes in the Copa Del Rey round of 16 clash.Madrid’s 3-0 first-leg win ensured their 1-0 defeat at Butarque was not enough to see them exit the competition at the expense of Leganes for a second consecutive season.Solari gave a rare start to Isco as he rejigged team, in a selection that also saw Marcelo feature on the wing in the opening 45 minutes, with Los Blancos struggling to create chances without a focal point in attack.Solari accepted his team, who have lost two of their last four matches, were poor against Leganes, who won the second leg thanks to a first-half strike from Martin Braithwaite.“A weak performance, above all the first half,” he told a news conference, as quoted by Goal.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“They all needed to get playing time, they got it. We got through the tie, but the performance was weak.”“Sometimes we try things and if they do not work, we try to improve them.”“We have lacked depth. We paid not having a specific reference in attack.”last_img read more